August occupancy and meals dollars set records

By on October 29, 2021

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(Dare County Tourism Board)

Not that it should come as a surprise, but occupancy and meals revenue for Dare County this past August smashed records for that month that were set just one year ago.

According to the report from the Dare County Tourism Board, occupancy collections for August 2021 reached $158.3 million, up 13% from the August 2020 total of $139.7 million. The meal collections for this past August hit $45.6 million, which is up an impressive 32% from the $34.7 in August 2020.

The year-to-date comparisons are not exactly apples-to-apples comparisons since the county was shut down to visitors for two months in 2020. That notwithstanding, occupancy collections through August 2021 are up 41% over the previous year while meals collections are 65%.

Click here to view the Dare County Tourism Board Recap.






  • Mark

    Mo’ money, Mo’ money, Mo’ money!

    Friday, Oct 29 @ 5:05 pm
  • Susie

    That means Dare County has a lot more money to spend-hope they use it wisely.

    Friday, Oct 29 @ 6:47 pm
  • anotherobxman

    It really is a shame when quality of life is only measured in dollars and cents. This community does not need one single more tourist. Get rid of the tourism board and lots of things will improve.

    Friday, Oct 29 @ 8:16 pm
  • Glenn

    Not really sure that’s something to boast about. The small town feel is over…slowly becoming a Virginia Beach/Myrtle Beach. Major accidents are now a frequent occurrence, trash is all over the OBX, rudeness abounds…sad. Hate to say it but, for some reason, even the quality of the food in so many of our restaurants has declined. Not sure if it’s because corners have to be cut to meet the endless masses or because great chefs have taken their talents elsewhere.

    Saturday, Oct 30 @ 9:13 am
  • hightider

    So residents do not matter, only the people who have ruined the OBX matter (the people the OBV will no longer let us describe by the T word) but the money grubbers still run things so you may as well leave and go somewhere, anywhere else. I returned home 10 years ago after 30 years in FL. Here – it is now worse than FL because we have the same problems in a smaller area and none of the advantages – like a 21st century infrastructure, medical care, and people who will work.

    Thursday, Nov 4 @ 3:44 am
  • obxguy

    Of that $203 million collected for August or so how much does the county and towns get or is that their take? I think the small town feel started leaving the Outer Banks in the early 1980s when they built the Hardee’s (where La Azteca is now)in KDH. I like the tourist it keeps my taxes low and being in the trades it has kept me busy for over 25yrs.

    Thursday, Nov 4 @ 9:07 pm